After 40 Years, Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Opens New Chapter

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Flintridge Preparatory School Headmaster Peter Bachmann has dedicated his life’s career at the private school, first becoming a history teacher 40 years ago and then becoming headmaster in 1991. On July 1, Bachmann will step down from that role and Jim Pickett will become the new head of school.

During his 40-year career at Flintridge Preparatory School, Headmaster Peter Bachmann has always been one to look forward, envisioning a future and cementing the mission for a student-centered, nationally recognized private school located on 7.5 bucolic acres near Pasadena.

So it’s a rare thing for Bachmann, who’s retiring from his role as headmaster on July 1, to reflect heavily on his past achievements, admitting only to recently feeling “expectedly nostalgic” as he wrapped up a lifelong career committed to rigorous youth academics and human development.
And though he has steered the prestigious school through countless changes since getting hired in 1980 and rising to become headmaster in 1991, this year’s coronavirus pandemic may have been the biggest quagmire in all that time, shutting down in-person education at an institution whose success was built on the connectivity of communication and interpersonal relationships there.
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